El Dorado Hills native receives prestigious appointment to Fulbright Summer Institute
Kaitlin Zablotsky has received an appointment to the Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Durham University in the United Kingdom in one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating world-wide.
Kaitlin, a sophomore at Santa Clara University and a graduate of St. Francis High School in Sacramento, was selected from a strong applicant pool to study in the U.K. on a four-week summer program where she will participate in a major archaeological project. Kaitlin will play an active part in the excavation of one of the richest archaeological landscapes in the world, the Roman Empire in Britain at Binchester, and gain first hand knowledge of U.K. archaeological professional practice. In addition to field work, Fulbright participants will engage in a rigorous academic program as well as experience the rich culture of the U.K.
Upon receiving the appointment, Kaitlin said, “Studying in the United Kingdom is a dream come true for me. I’ve always loved British culture and history and can’t wait to experience it firsthand.”
Each year, the commission supports around 50 U.K. and U.S. undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer program at leading institutions. The commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
Created by treaty in 1948, the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders of tomorrow and support the special relationship between the U.S. and U.K.
Notable alumni of the US-UK Commission include: Malcolm Bradbury, novelist; Liam Byrne, politician; Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize winner 1976; Charles Kennedy, politician; John Lithgow, actor; Tarik O’Regan, composer; Sylvia Plath, poet; Lord William Wallace, politician; Ian Rankin, novelist; Sir Christopher Rose QC, judge; Baroness (Shirley) Williams, politician; Vanessa Heaney, journalist BBC World Service; and Toby Young, journalist and playwright.
The commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the U.K. and the U.S. Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners.